#fsMAJOR : Final Update to Working Fire with Evacuations (Summit)

February 17th, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Summit Fire is responding multiple units to an active structure fire in the 5900 block of Burris Lane.

UPDATE 9:46 p.m. First crews have arrived. The fire is growing rapidly and has jumped the highway. Nearby residences being evacuated by Deputies.

UPDATE 9:50 P.M. Battalion Chief is on scene confirming multiple acres are on fire and that structures are being threatened.

UPDATE 10:00 P.M. Fire crews are beginning to place a line around the fire. No injuries reported at this time.

UPDATE 10:08 P.M. Fire crew just announced they have the fire controlled at this time. 

FINAL UPDATE FROM SFD:

1 ACRE WILDFIRE OFF BURRIS LN/VEHICLE FIRE I 40 MP 224

Summit Fire and Medical (SFMD) was dispatched to a structure fire at approximately 9:40 PM on Wednesday February 17th.  Fire was located in the area of Burris LN and Prairie Dog LN.  3 SFMD Engines, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Water Tender, Guardian Medical Transport, Guardian Medical Transport Battalion Chief, CCSO, and 1 Flagstaff Fire Engine responded to the scene.  Initial sfdunits reported approximately 1 acre burning in the grass, wind driven with approximately 3-4 foot flame lengths.  Structures were reported threatened and evacuations were in progress.  Crews quickly established a perimeter around the fire for a good stop.  The structures that were threatened were quickly protected.  There were no reported injuries and no building damage.  Crews worked for the next several hours mopping up the fire.

During the incident on Burris LN, SFMD was dispatched to a vehicle fire fully involved at MP 224 I 40.  1 SFMD Engine Company was released from the Burris Fire to respond.  Crews arrived to a fully involved SUV and worked quickly to extinguish the fire and get I 40 reopened for the eastbound traffic that was backed up because of the incident.  No injuries were reported.

SAFETY REMINDER FROM SFMD

Even though a fire may appear to be out, embers and ash are still capable of causing fires accidentally. Re-ignition from smoldering fireplace ashes continues to be responsible for death, injury and property damage across the nation.   This is the second structure fire in our fire district in the last month that was caused by improper ash disposal.  SFMD would like to remind everyone of a few simple ways to dispose of ash safely.

  1. Transfer the ashes to a metal container and wet them down.
  2. Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the ash has had sufficient time to cool and the metal container is cold for several days.

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